ColoradoCare petition signatures to be delivered Friday, rallies follow

Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver

Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver

Denver Post: The Spot, Politics and Policy, October 21, 2015,
by Joey Bunch

Initiative 20, a proposal for a Colorado-based single-payer healthcare plan, moves a step closer to the 2016 ballot Friday morning when the campaign called ColoradoCareYes delivers petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Then the waiting game begins for the elections office to determine whether at least 98,492, the required number, are valid signatures from registered voters. The threshold to get on the ballot represents 5 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last secretary of state’s race.

Opponents are skeptical. If the single-payer plan gets on the ballot and passes, Colorado would become the first state to put in such a plan. I wrote an indepth article on it on Oct. 12. You can find it here.

ColoraodCare would replace Obamacares’s Connect for Health Colorado insurance exchange, which ColoradoCare supporters say is too expensive. ColoradoCare would be paid for with a 10 percent “premium tax” on payrolls or other income.

ColoradoCareYes campaign plans to rally supporters in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction Friday after the petitions are filed.

The rallies aim to “celebrate Coloradans having a chance to vote in a healthy healthcare system that will slash waste and save billions,” ColoradoCareYes said in a media advisory Wednesday.